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Elevate carbon farming as a central climate solution!
 

Right now, San Diego County is drafting two key documents that will shape climate action for the next decade.  Carbon farming is on the table, but it needs to be elevated and amplified. Read our advocacy letter to get familiar with our recommendations, check out sample comments below, and make a public comment TODAY!

Main recommendations:

  • include the existing and ongoing contribution of San Diego farms to GHG sequestration;

  • identify and compensate farmers for the existing and ongoing co-benefits and ecological services provided by our farms;

  • identify projects that defend agricultural livelihoods and improve the resilience of our operations; and 

  • develop a pathway for new farmers to accelerate carbon farming in our County.

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Here are some sample comments:
 

“Please elevate our local food system as a higher priority in the San Diego De-Carbonization Plan.  Carbon farming offers the most cost effective and natural strategy for reducing CO2 in our atmosphere as well as the critical co-benefits of improving our local food security and greening our economy.”


“San Diego has more small and organic farms than anywhere else in the United States.  We must empower our farmers to become part of our local climate change strategy by providing incentives for carbon farming, opportunities for farmer-led research, and accounting for their contributions in sequestering greenhouse gas emissions.”

“San Diego needs to invest in our local food system as a key sector in the fight against climate change.  Our farmers can help mitigate our significant carbon footprint and get us to net zero faster--while simultaneously producing the healthiest, fresh food imaginable.  This Decarbonization Strategy dabbles in carbon farming--and makes an excellent start--but It is essential that it become a more central strategy and that the right investments are made now!”


“Healthy topsoil is critical green infrastructure and deserves more attention than it is given in the current draft of the Decarbonization Plan.  Let’s get this right San Diego and we will reap the benefits of healthy, fresh foods far into the future.  Please elevate carbon farming as a regional climate change solution.”

In times of Climate Change and critical local environmental legislation aiming to take bold climate action that mitigates beyond state targets to net-zero and below by 2035-2045, we are strongly advocating in different frontlines for carbon farming as a way to mitigate GHG emissions by increasing soil health, Organic Matter, biodiversity, and carbon storage in our farms.

As members of the San Diego Green New Deal Alliance, the Carbon Farming task force, and other working groups we use letters as an important advocacy tool to ensure decision-makers listen to the needs of their communities, and to share our policy recommendations for specific ways that the County could partner with farmers and food system stakeholders to meet mitigation challenges locally.  

Check out the Linking Climate-friendly farming practices to SD County's CAP report from March 2018, an opportunity analysis of Carbon Farming in the Unincorported County (click on the thumbnail image).

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